An eleven-year-old girl stops eating, but remains miraculously alive and well. A nurse, sent to investigate whether she is a fraud, meets a journalist hungry for a story.
Set in the Irish Midlands in the 1850s, The Wonder - inspired by numerous European and North American cases of 'fasting girls' between the sixteenth century and...more
Lib had a dizzying sense that time could fall into itself like the embers. That in these dim huts nothing had changed since the age of the Druids and nothing ever would. What was that line in the hymn they’d sung at Lib’s school? The night is dark, and I am far from home.
I loved this book so much. So much. I can easily see why it won't be for everyone - truth be told, the plot moves fairly slow - but I was just so engrossed in the story and atmosphere. I suppose it just depends how much this ...more
"More Water?" She offered the spoon.
"Anna's eyelids flickered but didn't open; she shook her head. "Be it done to me".
I kept thinking about "Be it done to me". What's the source of an 11 year old girl feeling resigned -powerless? Or, do those words mean something else, altogether to the child?
A little girl won't eat. Religious reasons? Something else?
Her parents are convinced she can live without food.
Incredible? skeptical? Outrageous fraud?
There have been ...more
I've only read one other book by Emma Donoghue but I loved it. "Room" is one of my favorite books. Because I enjoyed it so much I was worried that anything else I read from the author would pale in comparison. However, after reading the description for "The Wonder" I was very intrigued.
Eleven-year-old Anna O'Donnell has become somewhat of a tourist attraction. A miracle girl who has apparently survived for four months witho ...more
A young girl in Ireland has supposedly lived on no food at all for months on end, claiming that she is living off "manna from heaven" and English nurse Lib has been sent over from England to watch her to make sure the claim is valid. Surrounded by religious superstition, Lib must get to the bottom of the miracle-or stop the destruction of a young girl's life.
This book was basically a short story fleshed out with too much inner monologue and chatter a ...more
i understand why many readers wont be able to get on-board with the slow narrative and obvious agenda, but its the atmosphere of the novel that i became enthralled with. its quiet, dark, its mysterious, its rural, its emotional. its the kind of story that takes time to warm up to, but an inevitable subtle bond is created with the ...more
Spell Binding and so atmospheric, The Wonder is one of the best Irish historical novels I have read in a very long time where facts and fiction come together to create a story that gets under your skin.
Clearly the Irish Midlands were a depression where wet pooled, the little circle in a saucer"(Quote from The Wonder)
The setting for Emma Donoghue's novel is the Irish Midlands about seven years after the end of the potatoe famine in Ireland. This location is approx 20 miles from where ...more
Lib Wright was a nurse alongside Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War, escaping her own personal issues. But after the war, even for a Nightingale Nurse, life is monotonous; she is treated with disdain by her supervisors and fellow nurses, and is left to little more than me ...more
Assigned by her mentor (Florence Nightingale) to watch over an eleven year old "miracle" child in Ireland who hasn't eaten in four months, a skeptical British nurse believes an easy task is at hand to quickly prove foul play and return home, but soon finds herself in the midst of a strangely complicated and religiously close-knit Catholic family.
Somewhat slow going while the story builds and characters are develop...more
Lib is a nurse, a Nightingale, trained by Florence N. herself. She is living in London, when she’s called to Athlone, Ireland, smack dab in the middle of Ireland, for a two-week nursing task in a private capacity. She arrives at her housing, a room above a small grocery, after a lengthy and bumpy ride in a jaunting car. She can’t believe anything about this is right, the village is nothing more than a few haphazardly buildings huddled together, with a whitewashed building up from there, standing ...more
Extremely atmospheric, I felt the same frustratio ...more
First off I have never been so riled up while reading a book before as I was with this one! I wanted to give a few characters a piece of my mind! I wanted to throw my book at them but gently as I would never want to hurt my precious books but some of those characters sure needed to be smacked around a little!
THE WONDER by EMMA DONOGHUE was an intriguing, gripping, mesmerizing, and a beautifully written Historical Fiction novel which was set in a small Irish village from ...more
Emma Donoghue presents the multifaceted story of a young English nurse, Lib Wright, who has been assigned to a remote Irish village. As a well-trained apprentice of the famous Florence Nightingale, Lib has attended to the needs of many a patient, especially those wracked with wounds and eventual death during the Crimean War.
But this patient.....This patient is a frail smidge of an eleven year old lass who has not taken food in four months according to her ...more
I actually probably felt more comfortable with the writing in this one than I did with Room and Frog Music and I found myself into the plot much sooner than I did with both of those. But, I just couldn’t get comfortable with what was happening in this story. It reall ...more
For me, The Wonder was one of the most anticipated novels of the year. It ticked all the right boxes: Ireland, Florence Nightingale's nurses, ambiguous religious issues, provincial superstitions. So, once it knocked on my door, I started reading it immediately.
We find ourselves following Lib, a young, educated nurse, trained by the legend called Florence Nightingale, to beautiful, mystical Ireland and on a strange mission, a fe ...more
This story about the investigation into claims of a young Irish Catholic girl living on nothing but water for four months was initially slow to engage me. I think this was because I disliked the main protagonist so strongly.
Town and church officials have hired an outsider to continually monitor the girl-wonder to try and discern the truth. Lib is educated and harshly skeptical, believing she will unlock the mystery quickly to expose a ruse. But there is more going on than she knows and Anna ...more
‘Room’ is the only book I had read by this author before this one. I was so impressed with that novel, I put this on hold at the library, the instant it was released, but by the time it became available, after a whopping two month wait period, I’d already forgotten what the synopsis was, and my interest had waned somewhat.
That, and the very different subject matter, the depressing tone, and the very slow pacing made th ...more
The beginning started out promising, the last 30 pages were fantastic, but the in between was really slow and boring.
Trained by Florence Nightingale, Nurse Libby is requested to stand 'watch' over a child who has apparently not eaten a thing in 4 months, yet remains alive and vibrant. Between Libby and a nun, they are to take shifts so the child (Abby) is never alone, helping to ensure that this is not a hoax.
Set in a small Irish village where Religion r ...more
I found this t ...more
The setting for Emma Donoghue's novel is a small Irish village in the Irish Midlands after the end of the potato famine in Ireland in 1850s rural Ireland. The author really captures a wonderful sense of time and place. Emma Donoghue is ...more
In The Wonder, Emma Donoghue—most notable for her novel Room and film adaptation of the same name—questions human and divine agency. Lib Wright, a nurse trained in the Crimea under Florence Nightingale, is dispatched to central Ireland to watch over a young girl named Anna. For the past four months Anna has allegedly eaten nothing, and ...more
Nightingale trained English nurse, Lib Wright, is commissioned for a unique charge in Ireland. It is not until she arrives in the village of Athlone that it is revealed that she is there to observe 11-year old Anna O’Donnell who has not eaten for four months. Lib’s job is clear: she is to watch Anna at all times (she shares her shifts wit ...more
“How could the child bear not just the hunger, but the boredom? The rest of humankind used meals to divide the day, Lib realized — as reward, as entertainment, the chiming of an inner clock. For Anna, during this watch, each day had to pass like one endless moment.”
Lib has been nursing wounded soldiers during the Crimean War, trying desperately to keep men alive and as free of pain as possible. She was trained by the famous Miss N, as they called her, Florence Nightingale, and when she arrives ...more
Thank you to NetGalley for providing a free ebook copy of The Wonder By: Emma Donoghue in exchange for an honest review.
Short Review Summary:
Lots of boredom, very little wonder.
The Wonder started off very slow for me. It took too long for Lib (and the reader) to meet Anna. When I first read the summary for this book I couldn't wait to see what Anna would be like. Would she appear healthy? What about her personality? What is this child like that believes ...more
But is it a miracle, or is it hoax? To substantiate the claims, men from the town choose two women to keep watch over Anna 24 hours a day for 2 weeks to see if she is taking i ...more
The action takes place in the starved and poverty-stricken Irish midlands, a few years after the Great Famine. Lib Wright, an English nurse, has bee ...more
A British nurse is sent to sit with the marvelous "fasting girl" who lives in a small town in Ireland. Though it's been four months since young Anna has taken a bite of food, she seems no worse for wear. The villagers are hoping this girl is indeed a miracle, possibly even a candidate for sainthood. Anna herself has become convinced that she is surviving on "manna from heaven." Now it's Elizabeth "Lib" Wright's job to determine if some ...more
The story is set in 1850’s Ireland and follows our protagonist Libby, an Englishwo ...more
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